University of Wisconsin–Madison

WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING

The term blended learning can mean different things to different people. There are different models and levels of blended learning. Because of this, each course may look a little different. That said, the definition below was created by the Blended Learning Fellowship Program participants to help facilitate a conversation around what blended learning means to campus.

At UW–Madison, blended learning courses are instructor-designed and supervised environments that use face-to-face and technology-mediated channels to enhance interactive, engaging learning experiences and to improve student learning outcomes

Blended courses should have the one or more of the following pedagogical characteristics:

  • a shift from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered learning;
  • significant interactions between student-instructor, student-student, and/or student-content; and/or
  • integrate formative and summative assessment for students and instructor.

On this campus, courses have three technology-mediation designations:

  • Less than 30% of the course includes technology-mediated learning activities is considered technology-enhanced.
  • 30-99% of the course includes technology-mediated learning activities is considered blended.
  • 100% of the course includes technology-mediated learning activities is considered online. – Blended Learning Fellowship Program